rgamurot

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  1. I'm so far only noticing the following on RR equipped planes. I've seen it specifically on the -400, -400F and -400BCF. Since I always have trouble with the default panel saves, I'll just start fresh and then set the panel state I want from that. In this specific case, I want to go cold and dark. So I load the sim into any airport but specifically a RR equipped -400. Once the sim is running and the initialization for the aircraft is complete, I'll pull all four fuel control switches to cutoff. After the engines spin down, the plane is still powered for a good minute or so before everything sort of starts flickering. I'll get the battery and the standby power and then any other switches. Then I'll switch the batt back on, start the APU and bring the plane back. After I start the engines this time the generators refuse to take the electrical load. If I turn the APU generator off, everything keeps flickering and I hear the relays going nuts. Quick steps to recreate: Load sim anywhere but load into RR -400 Move all four fuel control switches to cutoff. Wait for everything to start flickering. Turn off battery and standby power. (Other switches like fuel pumps and hydraulics can be turned off but I've seen no difference on outcome) Turn on battery and standby power. Start APU. Once running, put it on the BUS Start engines. Engine Generators will NOT take the electrical load. So far the only other planes I've tried this with is the -400ER and the -8/-8F. All of those work fine and as expected. Also, if I connect the APU or GPU before I kill the engines, this will not happen. And before someone yells at me, I know this isn't the correct normal procedure to go cold and dark. This is just my quick and dirty way but it still shouldn't do this.
  2. Don't worry about it. At work we would LOVE to have our own sim for two reasons. The first we just discussed. The second is that the only FSI with an ATR sim is in Houston. We're based in Honolulu and part of our agreement with our customer is we fly on them to a gateway city like LAX and then connect to Houston. That means leaving Honolulu on the 8am to LAX, sitting on a 4 hour layover, and getting to our hotel in Hobby at 1:30am the next morning. Nevermind the 4 hour time difference. Thankfully I'm an FO so I only do recurrent once a year in January. If I had to go in the summer the time difference is 5 hours and did I mention we only get about a day to settle in before starting a 7am systems lecture for 8 hours before our first sim session that afternoon? I also use FS2Crew and I've had issues with saved panel states. Waiting through a 60 minute preflight sequence only to find an issue after engine start is frustrating. I've even made my own panel states in the past and at random, I'd find them corrupt maybe a month or two later. The only thing that (typically) works reliably was just getting to cold and dark by turning everything off after the sim initializes.
  3. I understand your argument and you are correct. I am not talking about an actual aircraft. If I came in at work and found a plane like I had described there would be massive consequences and we'd definitely be delayed. I'm talking about a sim. I have gone into a sim during my recurrent on the ATR and found the SIM not reconfigured for my session. Because we only have 3 sessions at 4 hours each before the checkride, time literally is of the essence. Even when everything is set for us, we will still cut it close before the next crew but my company believes in resetting the sim before we leave. There are probably 5 different company that uses the same sim as us and any 1 might not have the same level of respect for the next crew mine does. I am treating this as I would any other SIM. You get in, set the state it's supposed to be in for your purposes if it's not, then run the appropriate checklist.
  4. Thank you for your advice. I submitted a ticket and it is indeed a bug. They are working on it. As far as my technique for getting to cold and dark. Again allow me to offer a far better example. Imagine you're at FSI and the crew before you did not reset the sim. It's sitting on the runway, the #2 fire handle is pulled, the # 2 condition lever is in fuel shut off like it should be but #1 is still in AUTO. All your anti ice is at level 1 when it should be shut off for the power up. You're not going to get in and waste your time following ATR procedure to get the sim to cold and dark. You're just going to (curse the previous crew,) sit there, reset the switches as fast as you can to the state you want (typically cold and dark at least for us), and then get on with your sim session. Think of it like that. I loaded the sim and it's not in the state I want so I just go flipping switches to get to the state I want. Then I follow procedures. I know what I was doing initially is not normal but even in the real world (in a multi million dollar sim your company is paying time for) this is what we do if we get in and it's not set how we want.
  5. The issue isn't everything dropping offline. It's that it 1) doesn't drop offline for almost a full minute until after the engines are shut down and the generators still show as operational and 2) when I go to restart the engines, the generators never take the load back. Also, when the aircraft loses the generators and has no other electrical source other than the battery, it should revert to (what we call on the ATR anyway) battery basic mode. Most systems will shut down and (in the case of the 747 for the most part) only the Left PFD, ND, and upper EICAS should be on along with certain cockpit lights. The lower EICAS, and Right displays are the ones flickering. There are also many off lights that are flickering on the overhead like the pressure lights on the fuel pump switches. And again, I know this isn't the proper procedure. It's just a quick way I use to get to cold and dark instead of using a saved panel state. It's partially adapted from the ATR when we know we reposition the aircraft to a stand for storage and don't have ground power.
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    RSV Fuel Tank Surprise

    You could load fuel through the EFB on the W&B calculator in the performance tab. Enter the amount you want in the tanks and hit send to aircraft. You could easily set it up to put fuel in random places and send the computer for a loop.
  7. I have a fictional airport (Andras Field by Aerosoft) installed and so navigating to and from the field has to be done manually. My only question is how to I tune the ILS manually into the FMC? I understand it must be done through the NAV RAD page. The ILS entry constantly says PARK. I also understand that there are certain times ILS tuning is inhibited. I've checked the list on 11.20.7 and none of the conditions apply. I'm airborne, have been for over 10 minutes, and even tried turning off the AP and FDs to override the inhibition. I'm also noticing that even if I try to put the ILS frequency (109.55) into the Pre-Sel line, I get an INVALID ENTRY message. But if I try to enter another frequency (117.7 is what I tried), it'll take it in that line. I've also added the following to my NavData (most was from the Aerosoft form, the ILS entry I added myself.) Insert in wpNavAPT.txt: Andras Field EAFS09 07006089 47.647667 10.746000109.5508902550 Andras Field EAFS27 07006269 47.647833 10.776000110.5526902550 Insert in airports.dat: EAFS 47.649382 10.760205 Insert in wpNavAID.txt: ANDRAS AND NDB 47.647727 10.742053364.00N ANDRAS ANF VORD 47.651160 10.773958115.00H ANDRAS AFK ILSD 47.647905 10.776988109.55T ANDRAS AFA ILSD 47.647722 10.744720110.55T Is there anything I haven't tried? Or even something I'm doing wrong?
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    Manually Tuning ILS

    Jetlinker, I'm an [word not allowed] so never assume something is too basic when it comes to me. That was precisely what I was doing wrong. Thanks so much for your help! And apparently the forum doesn't allow me to criticize myself... I didn't even think it was a bad word...
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    3dLights Redux

    I was looking at this too but didn't have a chance to play with it yet. I would think it would be a simple matter of replacing the lights in the aircraft.cfg file. 3dLights should have some sort of readme file with what to replace with what. Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
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    Long haul

    KSFO-YSSY is ~15 hours. Never had the guts to try that one yet.Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
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    Manual on dashboard

    That's a FS2Crew feature. You have to open the FS2Crew menu by clicking on the analogue compass then clicking the 'PM' button.Also, please remember to sign your name as per the forum rules.:)Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
  12. >Yeah, that's what they tell us, and you really believe it?That's why I said that was what I heard a while ago. Maybe the PMDG A320 is out but they probably would've told us.Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
  13. Last I heard (which was admittedly a while ago), the A320 is on the back burner. Apart from the MD-11 and NGX, they're waiting on the upcomming AXP A320. They don't want to end up with two different A320's and have us struggle to decide which to get. From what I here, the AXP A320 is supposed to be revolutionary as far as addon aircraft go since it will have some independance from FS. Not to say that that PMDG can't match or exceed their efforts.Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
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    Could we get an update on the update?

    Boy, I was away too long, there's another update coming along? Do tell PMDG. If you can of course. :)Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
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    Is the PMDG 744 a fuel guzzler?

    One thing about putting in average wind velocity versus the velocity at every waypoint is that instead of having an overall estimate, you have specific wind information along the entire flight path. For example, if you have high tailwinds at the beginning of the flight then it drops off during say the last quarter of the flight, you can take off with less fuel thus at a lower weight which in itself will save fuel. Also, by the time the wind drops off, you won't need that much fuel to complete the remainder of the flight. If you only put in a average, the FMC will assume you'll have the same wind speed at the same direction at every point in the flight. Like Karl said above, the FMC is very complicated and even in the PMDG simulation, not complete (as hard as that may be to believe). This entire topic in itself is complicated and as it's currently rather late where I am right now, I'm having some trouble elaborating on my example. But also remember that in real life, the FMC downloads the wind information at every waypoint and also at different altitudes. It even downloads the temperature which also plays a major role in fuel predictions. Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
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    Is the PMDG 744 a fuel guzzler?

    For the PMDG B744 FMC (and even the real one), if you don't put in the wind information, it will give a high fuel requirement. Especially on this route because you would tipically have tail winds blowing you over and saving you fuel. If the FMC doesn't know about these winds, it will assume no winds and tell you you need extra fuel.Same applies in the opposite direction. The FMC will tell you you need so much fuel, but in this case, you actually need more since you're flying into the wind.Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
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    Thoughts.

    There have been so many requests for a B777 that I have no doubt that PMDG will put that right behind the A320 on the production queue. I too want a PMDG B777 just as much as the next person. But as far as the MD-11, I am very interested in this bird as it offers something new. Also, it's been four years in the making and is nearly completed. It would be a shame to quit on that now. And even if they were to stop now, you still won't get a PMDG B777 any time soon. Given the complexity of that airliner, it'll be a while before we get to fly it. Just my 2 cents.Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
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    PMDG Has the Best FS Aircraft

    You're right, PMDG by far makes the best aircraft with that certain 767 developer in a very very close second! Apart from GA aircraft, I never fly anywhere on any other airliner. They never cease to amaze me with the level of quality they put in. With any other developer you go through and scrutinize the feature list and screen shots just to see what you're really getting. With PMDG, you hear they just released an aicraft and read the feature list and admire the screeshots while your product is downloading.Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
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    Bit o' work in progress...

    >People, please turn your PMUs (patience mode units) to HIGH.It's been on high since the screens of the MD-11 2D panels. :( But seriously, I didn't expect to see anything on the NGX so soon. It really does look amazing. I can't wait to see more!Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
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    Bit o' work in progress...

    For those of use who haven't been frequenting the forum for quite awhile, those are the IRU selectors for? Since the MD-11 only has 'OFF' and 'NAV', I'm guessing this is for the NGX.Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
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    RXP Gauges and FS2Crew

    I was looking at upgrading my Flight1 C172 gauges with the RXP ones. But since the click spots are on the default gauges, will replacing them cause FS2Crew to stop working?I also noticed that everytime I use the load manager that came with the C172, my panel resets itself. Should I not use the load manager and just the FS load manager?Thanks,Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
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    RXP Gauges and FS2Crew

    Thanks Bryan. That fixed it. Both panel files in the 'paneloptions' folder apparently weren't changes when I installed FS2Crew.Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
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    RXP Gauges and FS2Crew

    Hi Bryan,Thanks for the info on the RXP gauges. And yes, I see the 'paneloptions' folder.Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
  24. This is the second time this has happened and the fix provided by Saitek isn't working this time around. I have both the throttle that came with the yoke and the additional throttle unit. My problem is when I use both throttle units together in say a B744. Even though the throttles are physically aligned, in FS, my #1 and #2 engines are at a higher throttle setting then 3 and 4. The first time saitek said to press and hold Ctrl+Shift when you launch FS and keep holding it until you're in cockpit view. They said that this will reset the controller .cfg (They forgot to mention the fact that it resets all your settings too.) This worked the first time but today I tried it again and no such luck.I tried using FSUIPC to calibrate my throttles but it actually made a whole new set of problems. Does anyone know any other fixes or should I try Saitek again?Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png
  25. Do you mean you tried to assign the mixtures through the axis assignments or key assignments. Either way though, it won't work because these commands will only adjust the mixture settings by increments which is a function the B744 doesn't have. This only works on aircraft with actual mixture options like a C172 or BE20.I don't think there are any options to set commands for the cutoff switches. It should be listed under the key command list in the PMDG menu if there is one. If not, unless there are any other tricks like assigning a click command, I'm afraid there may not be a solution.Ryan GamurotLucky to live Hawai'ihttp://www.virtualpilots.org/signatures/vpa296.png